Donaldson, Ivanhoe


"Ivanhoe Donaldson was a very active member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1968, Donaldson helped found Afro-American Resources, Inc. which ran the Drum and Spear Bookstore, Drum and Spear Press, and the Center for Black Education in Washington, DC. He was also a visiting lecturer for Afro-American courses at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1970. Donaldson advised and worked for Washington, DC mayor Marion Barry for many years, but in 1985 he pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the Washington, DC government. Donaldson is currently a vice-president for PWRT Services. He continues to support SNCC related activities and served on the advisory committee for an October 2005 conference called, 'Tell the Story: The Chicago SNCC History Project, 1960 -1965.' ... Donaldson worked for SNCC as an organizer and held leadership positions within the organization. In 1960-62, as a SNCC field secretary, Donaldson collected food in Michigan and Kentucky and brought it to Mississippi to help sharecroppers and tenant farmers who had been kicked off of their land for attempting to register to vote. In 1963 he was active in demonstrations in Danville, VA. Donaldson was also active during "Freedom Summer" in Mississippi in 1964, though he felt ambivalent about the participation of northern white students. After the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) began planning a march from Selma, AL to Montgomery, AL in 1965, Donaldson became one of the SNCC organizers in Selma."-- Eyes on the Prize, Donaldson interview, Washington University,

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